What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of How to Treat People by Molly Case.

As a teenager Molly case is admitted to hospital for an operation that will save her life. Nearly a decade later, she finds herself in the operating theatre again, this time as a trainee nurse. In How To Treat People, Molly brings together these extraordinary moments, when the professional and the personal become inseparable. She introduces us to patients with whom we share the pain, fear but also the life-affirming moments of illness. And when her father arrives on the high dependency unit of the hospital where Molly works we realise, most profoundly, that she is no longer there just to alleviate the patient’s suffering but to be a part of it.

In the healing of a leg wound, in newly-sewn heart valves, and in the last breaths of a person, Molly Case illustrates the intricacies of the human condition and what really matters to us when we are at our most vulnerable. Weaving together medical history, art, memoir and science, How to Treat People explores the oscillating rhythms of life and death, the importance of what we impart and the legacies we leave behind.

Critics Review

  • Case’s empathy and compassion are everywhere evident in this beautifully written narrative

    Sunday Times
  • Written with a poet’s ear for language and a nurse’s compassionate heart. It will make you cry, and it will buoy your faith in humanity

    Stylist
  • This fascinating and erudite book takes us through one woman’s lovely relationship with her father interspersed with poignant and searing tales from the world of the nurse, as these two worlds move towards an emotional collision. Molly has treated us to a book that gets to the heart (literally) of a nurse’s life. As well as being informative, moving and so interesting, it is a bloody good read. Anyone who needs any more convincing that the NHS is our most invaluable asset will find that many times over within the pages of this book

    Jo Brand
  • Beautifully written and passionate tales from the nurse you would choose for yourself

  • Poetic and compassionate, offering a joyous celebration of life

    Sunday Times best memoirs of 2019
  • Molly Case reminds us that humanity and moments of true care are as healing as the medicine modern science can deliver

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